This I Believe

Kate Loving - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Entered on March 13, 2008
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: citizenship
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Misogyny Is Alive and But Never Well

Gender and race in Politics: Is it real? Is it important?

Is it a distraction? Is it a way to divide and separate people

from important discourse and meaningful discussion?

Or when someone blurts out a statement that is innocent enough,

and then is twisted and pigeon-holed into race and gender

stereotypes, I have to wonder–are these statements bringing

controversies out of the proverbial closet and making people

look carefully at themselves?

Or instead of looking at themselves, allow buttons to be pushed,

become angry and take to making self-righteous commentary, as

Keith Olbermann did the other night in response to Geraldine

Farraro’s remarks that started by saying that if her name was Gerald

instead of Geraldine, she never would have been chosen to be Walter

Mondale’s running mate in the 1980’s.

Why does Keith Olbermann, who denies making an endorsement of

either candidate, seem to be endorsing Barak Obama?

Olbermann didn’t deliver a commentary when a woman on Obama’s campaign


called Hillary a monster.

And why? Because he wasn’t angry enough. He is siding with the

obvious media favoring of Barak over Hillary.

I was also guilty of not liking Hillary.

Again, this dislike was key for me to look more deeply into who I

am as a woman.

Why wouldn’t I support a thoroughly capable, brilliant and experienced woman

to be our next President?

She’s a woman with years and years of political experience that spans prior

to her marriage to Bill Clinton.

Is the reason I wouldn’t support her BECAUSE she is thoroughly capable and

brilliant, and I am afraid I am not?

When I disliked Hillary, I projected these insecurities on to her.

Now that I love Hillary, I project my own capabilities and brilliance

outside of my self, to her.

Funny how love works.